What Happened In Round 2 And What WON’T Happen In Round 3 at Accenture Match Play

Ian Poulter ousted Bo Van Pelt 3&1 in round 2 and will face Tim Clark in round 3.

Ian Poulter ousted Bo Van Pelt 3&1 in round 2 and will face Tim Clark in round 3

Brackets? I don’t know what that means. What are these “brackets” everyone talks about? You mean the sheet with all the picks I made for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship? Well, that doesn’t exist any longer. After a pretty good day in round 1 (19/32 matches) I picked a measly 3/16 in round 2. But what’s worse is that my bracket will not render any more correct picks. So in total, 22 of 64 matches correct for me, 34%…ugh.

Still better is that my family’s brackets are in BETTER SHAPE THAN MINE! My wife, the casual golf fan, has picked 22/48 matches correctly with 2 of her final 4 still alive, including her winner. My brother-in-law, who does not follow golf, has named 21/48 right with his two consolation match players still in it. The pièce de résistance is that my 1-year-old daughter is beating all of us right now with 25 of 48 correct, the only one of us over 50%. She also has 2 of her final four in, but her winner, Nick Watney, was eliminated in round 2.

Now for round 3…

I’m not going to predict what will happen, because I have shown ZERO ability to do that. So I’ll make predictions, and you can simply know that the opposite will happen. Here goes:

Bobby Jones Bracket:

In the battle of the Irish, Ulsterman Graeme McDowell tops “The Cinderella Boy” Shane Lowry 2&1.

In a potential Presidents Cup match-up, Jason Day eliminates Bubba Watson and his balky putter 1up.

Gary Player Bracket:

Gonazalo Fernandez- Castaño, the longest name in the field, tops Webb Simpson 4&2 after Simpson’s putter goes cold.

The most intriguing match of the day is surely 2011 finalist Martin Kaymer and defending champion Hunter Mahan. Kaymer seems to regain the form he had in 2010-11 while Mahan is living up to his reputation as one of the best ball-strikers in golf. Literally a coin-toss…heads for Kaymer, tails for Mahan…it’s tails…Mahan in 19 holes.

Ben Hogan Bracket:

One of the hottest players this week is Robert Garrigus, and no seems to be talking about him. He ousted 1 seed Louis Oosthuizen, but will be no match for the Houdini of golf, Fredrik Jacobson, 3&2.

I don’t want to jinx Nicolas Colsaerts, but the Belgian Bomber is not only blasting it past everyone, he’s also leading the field in Greens in regulation. Matt Kuchar is no easy out, but Colsaerts closes it out in 20 holes.

Sam Snead Bracket:

Another number 1 seed slayer, Scott Piercy, takes on veteran Steve Stricker. Stricker is playing only his seventh round on tour this year. He finished second in Kapalua, and is no poised for at least a top 10 this week, even if he loses today, which he won’t, 3&1.

Finally, a battle of the bulldogs: Tim Clark and Ian Poulter. Both are tenacious match players but Poulter is the king of match play right now, it’s too hard to pick against him, which means bad things for him. At any rate, Poulter 2up.

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